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Sheffield City Guide

Population: 500,000
Language Spoken: English
Currency Used: £ Sterling
Emergency Contact Number: 999
Country Calling Code: 0044
Time Zone: GMT
Student Population: 23,000

Welcome to Sheffield! Sheffield is situated in South Yorkshire in central England. The city has a population of over 500,000, making it one of the largest cities in England. The city is most famous for steel production, especially the manufacture of cutlery, and is home to the discovery of stainless steel. Sheffield is also well known for being one of the greenest cities in the UK.

Sheffield does not have an airport, so the best option for international students flying to the UK, is to fly to London Heathrow (LHR) or Manchester Airport (MCR), and connect to Sheffield by bus or train. If you are travelling by bus or train, Meadowhall Interchange (bus, tram and train station) is located close to the city centre. 

Public transport in Sheffield is excellent. There is an extensive bus network which services the city centre and surrounding suburbs, and local trains connect Sheffield with all of the nearby towns. Stagecoach operates the Supertram tram systems with lines connecting the whole city, including both universities. All public transport options are inexpensive, however, many students walk or cycle. 

For short term accommodation, use one of the city's quality hostels. For longer term student accommodation in Sheffield, please check out the accommodation section of the website.  

Restaurants in Sheffield coming soon.  

Nightlife in Sheffield coming soon. 

Sheffield has a number of attractions to keep you busy. Spend a few hours in the Fire & Police Museum or the Walker Art Gallery, visit Sheffield Cathedral, or enjoy a concert at the Motorpoint Arena. If you are a sports fan there is 'Championship football' at Hillsborough, 'League 1 football' at Bramall Lane, and ice hockey at iceSheffield. For the more energetic, enjoy a run or a cycle through the streets and parks of the city. 

Sheffield has a very good reputation shopping. The three main shopping areas in the city centre are Orchard Square, Fargate and The Moor. All three areas are within walking distance of each other and they offer shoppers a mixture of high street brand names, department stores and independent shops. The Meadowhall Shopping Centre is a real shoppers' paradise, and for more exclusive stores visit Ecclesall Road. 

Sheffield is home to two universities and two colleges, which include the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University. For more info. on studying at any of these, please visit the university section of the website.

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